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Deadly month sees 35 killings

Hours after Baltimore's mayor huddled with police officials to discuss the recent spike in violence, two more people were killed Monday — making May the city's deadliest month since 1999.

The two homicides increased this month's total to 35. There have been 108 homicides across the city this year.

"It's deplorable," said City Councilman William "Pete" Welch. "The shootings and killings are all over the city. I don't think any part of the city is immune to this. I've never seen anything like it."

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is "disheartened and frustrated by this continuing violence, particularly when you think about the progress that the city has made," said her spokesman, Howard Libit.

The mayor met for nearly two hours Sunday with Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and members of his command staff about adjustments police are making. "She is confident that the steps being taken by the Police Department will quell this latest uptick in violence," Libit said.

Batts wrote a letter to community...

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Baltimore police contract hurts accountability, study says

The contract between Baltimore and the Fraternal Order of Police contains several impediments to accountability, according to a report from a criminologist who often examines policies for the U.S. Department of Justice.

In an 11-page report, Samuel Walker, a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said the role of police union contracts has been ignored amid the nationwide debate and protests that erupted last fall over police and community relations.

Walker said "offensive provisions" in the union contract, a three-year pact expiring next year, violate "best practices" across the country and should be revised to boost professionalism in the Baltimore Police Department.

"In Baltimore, and in other cities and counties across the country, police union contracts contain provisions that impede the effective investigation of reported misconduct and shield officers who are in fact guilty of misconduct from meaningful discipline," Walker wrote.

The report comes as tension swirls around...

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14-year-old girl stabbed in Edgewood

A 14-year-old girl is in serious condition after a stabbing Sunday afternoon in Edgewood.

The incident took place around 1:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Edgewood Drive, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Police said the girl was stabbed once by her 12-year-old sister.

The younger sister has been charged as a juvenile with first- and second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, according to Cristie Kahler, spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

The girl was transported to Johns Hopkins Childrens Center in serious condition, and the sheriff's office is investigating, according to the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company. Her injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening, Kahler said, and she was in stable condition late Sunday night.

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18 shot this weekend in Baltimore

A pair of gray-and-white New Balance tennis shoes lay next to a pool of blood on a street in East Baltimore Sunday afternoon, remnants of a double shooting in the same block where a 21-year-old was shot in the shoulder Friday.

It was the first of two double shootings in the city Sunday.

Another two people were shot, one of them fatally, in separate incidents on Sunday among at least 18 shootings over Memorial Day weekend, during a particularly alarming spate of gun violence.

Thirty-three people have been killed so far in May, the first time the city has had 30 homicides in a month since June 2007. No month in the last 15 years has had more than 33 killings.

The recent shootings prompted a march for peace from West Baltimore to City Hall Saturday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and his command staff for two hours Sunday to discuss "adjustments" the department is making, said Howard Libit, a spokesman for the mayor. The Police Department did...

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Man arrested in Frankford shooting

A 21-year-old man faces attempted murder and aggravated assault charges after being accused of shooting a woman in the ankle and shooting at another woman's vehicle Tuesday in the Frankford neighborhood, Baltimore police said Saturday.

Donte Price was arrested Friday by the police department's Warrant Apprehension Task Force. According to police, he got into an argument with a woman Tuesday at a parking lot in the 5400 block of Frankford Avenue. When the woman drove away, he began shooting at her moving car, striking the vehicle with several bullets.

Another woman who was in the area was shot in the ankle, police said.

Price was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on Saturday.

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Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby office's Twitter account hacked

The official Twitter account for Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's office was hacked Saturday, her spokeswoman confirmed.

The username on the account, @BaltimoreSAO, was changed to "Bekir JR." The account tweeted messages in Turkish. The page was later taken down.

Mosby spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie confirmed the hack Saturday evening, but said she could not provide further details on what happened.

"I can only confirm that our Twitter account has been hacked and we are trying to rectify the situation," Ritchie said in a statement to The Sun.

Mosby ackowledged the incident on her own Twitter account, @MarilynMosbyEsq, tweeting at 9:41 p.m.: "My BCSAO Account had been hacked! #SuchIsLife"

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